It’s always amusing balancing different…..erm….personalities. With me, we have family man, worker, fitness wannabe/fanatic and writer to name a few. Well, perhaps the most important ones. I do try my best to keep them apart, or else only mix compatible ones. When things are in balance it is nice and easy to flit between the two, however, when one takes some prominence over the others it throws things off a little.
This month started with family and writer nicely matched. As soon as I get back to work, suddenly the work aspect takes a massive spike and I find no time for writing. I have managed a single chapter for Legend this week, it was a bleeding good chapter but all the same, I am annoyed that I haven’t managed to get more on the page…….on the other hand I’ve been training at work and it’s been a whole different level which again is awesome!
I still keep looking at different ways of marketing my creations and looking at my Amazon/Books2Read sales are steady. Considering Origins Of The Magdon: Vercovicium (Book One) is free it remains steady and holds in the top 20 for its category on Amazon…..encouraging as that remains.
I aim to drop a few more free copies at Em-Con (East Midlands Comic Convention) this weekend so hopefully some new audience members will join the sowly increasing following for the series.
As I progress Legend I intend to complete it by the end of May/June and spend the summer perfecting this beast. From there I am considering a new trial of submissions but if not I do intend using some new marketing strategies. To that end, I am starting some research on the various methods available. I am looking at getting some Advanced Review Copies planned and offering it out to see who would be willing to read and review upon release but again this is a whole new area for me to look into and is part of the learning curve.
Rest assured I have no intention of leaving this writing game at the moment. Be that for good….or not…..I cannot say but the feedback I am getting tells me I’m not a lost cause. I just need to find the best ways to get seen, get noticed and get my story appearing on the next level.
I can dream.
I can hope.
I can only do my best!
The editing process is a whole new ballgame this time around. I have been quite informal with the process up until now but with Legend I want to construct as I go along so I have developed a check sheet for plot, characters, process and points so when I create my blurbs, synopsis, submissions etc I have something to refer to. Whether it works remain to be seen but I am hopeful a more (work-like) structured approach will produce the best I can give.
Legend is a whole new entity, it feeds from Archy’s story but in a way that won’t require the reader to know Archy’s legacy or adventures. It will create an intrigue for it but the story stands its own adventure. Something new and aimed at a higher level, more depth, setting, character and my favourite……action!
When ready I will advertise for ADVANCED REVIEW COPY contacts and see if people want to have a read for reviews. Hopefully not terrible ones judging by the way this story feels it’s flowing for me.
Until then…………………………………….we are on the way!